Cross-border (Estonia-Finland) Center of Excellence on Smart City.

The project will create a centre of excellence that will focus on developing research and cross-border innovation networks and capabilities in five domains – data, governance, mobility, energy, built environment – as well as on advancing the joint smart city environment and cross-border services between Tallinn and Helsinki. The Centre will further the European Digital Single market as well as the integration of Estonian and Finnish e-government, while also boosting university-industry collaboration and private-sector innovation and export capacities in the Talsinki area.

Our research group is responsible for the Mobility stream aiming to the development of smart mobility strategies and applications:

  • managing effectively the transport demand and supply through mobility and traffic management, seamless multimodal transport, and the promotion of sustainable modes of transport
  • considering emerging vehicle technologies (e.g., connected and automated vehicles)
  • people’s mobility needs and values, developing cyber-physical systems and data analysis solutions
  • technological development and transition processes, also designing new forms of sharing transportation and new ways of pricing
  • mobility-specific living lab activities building a data-rich environment, allowing for testing future technologies, transport solutions, business, and innovation models.

The stream is jointly coordinated by Aalto University ass. prof. Claudio Roncoli and TalTech prof. of robotics Raivo Sell

This project has received funding from the European Commission (H2020 grant No. 856602) and the Estonian Government (Estonian Ministry for Education and Research).

On the frame of the main FinEst Twins project, a large-scale Mobility project is started.

A conceptual ecosystem solution to transport system management

The idea is to offer a conceptual ecosystem solution to transport system management of the near future, where additionally to the existing means of transport, self-driving shuttles and micro-mobility solutions are going to play an important role and a user-centric approach is highly required. One of the main outcomes of the pilot project is a user-friendly data exchange platform for all required services by interconnecting existing and new solutions over a unified data exchange-platform.

Our pilot will test an interconnected on-demand based full transport solution from passenger’s home to capital city hub and beyond. The data exchange platform will be connected with existing governmental databases and creates open-access new data sets in order to offer personalized on-demand pro-active services. The practical pilot includes self-driving AV shuttles on-demand service in sub-urban areas connected to main public transport and micro-mobility service providers in the capital city. AV shuttles are going to be remanufactured from end-of-live electrical vehicles significantly reducing the environmental footprint and making AV shuttles affordable to local counties.

The final outcome of the project will be a future city model tested in a real urban environment and an implementation toolkit for cities and urban areas all over the world. Project main partners are the City of Tallinn and Rae County, as well as a wide circle of external partners in government, private and non-profit organizations.


About the Smart City Challenge

We, TalTech from Estonia and Aalto University from Finland, have been looking for ideas to make the following domains in the cities smarter: mobility, energy, built environment, governance and data. There must be at least two cities involved in each pilot project. One of these has to be from Estonia and the second could be from another country. We expect the results of the projects to be world-level research and scalable prototypes.  The FinEst Twins Smart City of Excellence has been given the mandate by the European Commission and the Estonian Ministry of Research and Education to carry out 10 research-intensive pilot projects targeting real-life challenges and have a remarkable impact on the cities. 15 million euros has been granted to make it happen during 2021–2027. The FinEst Twins Steering Committee has approved the action plans and budget for the first half-year for these four projects and the project leaders now will prepare the concrete research and innovation plans with measurable goals to monitor the progress of their projects. Similar challenges will take place also in the next coming years with possible changes in the target challenges and length, financing amounts per project.

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